Here’s a thought my daughter Jessica brought home from school a couple of weeks ago. It goes something like this: Only in America do we take a day off to thank God for all that he’s given to us and then take the next day off to fight each other to get more.
Of course, that must have been written before this year. Like that old movie The Blob, Christmas has been surrounding and absorbing its lesser celebrated holiday neighbor for some time now.
My wife notices is because she grew up in England where there is no Thanksgiving. She prefers the November holiday because it doesn’t have all the distortions that Christmas has. But sadly, it’s going away. There are less and less papers coming home from school with pilgrims and Indians on them as proof that this part of our history matters so much anymore.
Now that some stores have officially broken the unofficial barrier and have started their Christmas sales on Thanksgiving, there’s been lots of protests on social media. There are many who are truthful about their outrage, but I wonder how accurately it represents the feelings of everyone. I wonder how many people would be embarrassed to be found in a phone pic shopping on Thanksgiving or at 2 am the next day.
It’s not all the businesses fault. They have to fight to get the dollars that consumers spend to keep them afloat. They are seen as the bad guys (and gals) who keep people from their families on this wonderful holiday. But if people wouldn’t shop on those days, the owners would have no reason to open their doors.
If you’re reading this post in your jammies with a hot cup of coffee, contemplating getting a head start on your Christmas shopping, let me be the voice in your ear telling you it’s okay to break the trend. Relax with your family, worshiping God on this pre-Sunday sabbath instead of fighting the traffic to get more of what you don’t need. Push Christmas back a little and give Thanksgiving another day. It may be the very thing you need to make Thanksgiving and Christmas what they used to be.